If you’re someone who wears contact lenses and/or glasses, you probably have considered LASIK laser eye surgery at one point or another. But if you still haven’t gone forward with the procedure, what’s holding you back? For many people, the cost of LASIK is often the primary concern - and we completely understand. This surgery is a monetary investment, but it’s also one worth making.
Here’s more about the cost of LASIK, and what’s available in terms of eye surgery financing, so you know what your options are and can make the best decision for you.
First, it can be helpful to patients to understand that our flat fee for LASIK surgery is all-inclusive. This means that what you pay upfront encompasses everything from your initial consultation, pre-operation needs, post-operation follow-up, further follow-up visits for up to one year post-surgery and any enhancements (if needed) within the first year, too. Once you pay the flat fee, you’re covered.
Second, many people are relieved to hear that we offer flexible financing options. You don’t have to pay us in cash upfront (although some people do), but can apply to cover your surgery through Wells Fargo financing. This option has great terms and is easier to qualify for than other common medical loan providers. If you qualify, you’ll also be granted up to two years in interest-free financing, so you can plan to pay off the balance well before you ever incur interest.
Many people ask if major medical insurance providers cover LASIK, and the answer is pretty much always no. But, if you have a Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flexible Spending Account (FSA), LASIK is eligible for both of these. These are great ways to save money, tax-free, and then use it toward laser eye surgery.
Consider the Alternative
When people think about LASIK, they often mistakenly think of it as an added cost. But the more realistic way to view it is as an alternative to what you’re already paying for contacts, contact solution, glasses and all the eye care visits that are required to keep up with your prescription and lenses.
Let’s say you pay $800 once a year for your eye exam and contact lens check, and $1,000 for a year’s worth of contacts, plus about $500/per pair of glasses. If your LASIK surgery is around $4,000, you’ll have paid for it in less than two years. From that point forward, you’ll actually save money, since you won’t have the expense of the contacts, glasses and associated exams anymore. With LASIK, the cost is upfront - but then it’s done. Keep this in mind as you consider getting laser eye surgery.
Cheaper Offers are Often Deceptive
Finally, we’d be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge that there are some extremely “affordable” LASIK procedures being promoted from time to time. Eye clinics that claim to offer LASIK for something like $599 per eye are almost always baiting patients with this low price, and then actually charging them far more once they come in. When discount places make offers like this, they almost always charge separately for the consultation, follow-up care, enhancements if needed and more. They nickel and dime you, whereas we offer one, all-inclusive flat fee.
Another key differentiator for us at Horizon is that we use the most cutting-edge, bladeless technology available. Many of the ‘discount’ clinics use older technology or blades, and don’t have the same standards as we do. Furthermore, our surgeons are corneal specialists, so you really get the best of the best care when you come to us. And when it comes to your eyes and your vision, who would want any less?
If you’ve been thinking about getting LASIK, don’t let the cost scare you away. Clear vision, without contacts or glasses, is within your reach. Interested in learning more about LASIK? Request a consultation today!